80s Song of the Day: Come Dancing by The Kinks


The picture sleeve of the UK 7″ release.

Come Dancing by The Kinks was released in the United Kingdom on November 19, 1982, with Noise as the B side. It was a single from the band’s nineteenth studio album State of Confusion.

The song failed to chart in the UK upon its initial release. When it was released months later in the United States, it was propelled by frequent airplay of the song’s music video on MTV. As a result, Come Dancing reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s highest US charting single in over a decade.

After its success in America, the single was re-released in the UK, this time reaching No. 12 on the UK Singles chart.

According to songfacts.com, Ray Davies wrote the song about one of his sisters. He initially claimed the song was about his sister Gwen, but later said it was about his sister Rene, who suffered a heart attack and died at the Lyceum Ballroom in London. “Twenty-five years later,” according to songfacts.com, “Ray wrote this song to memorialize her and remember her love of dancing.”


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